December 3, 2020

Dodgers: Why The Focus on Third Basemen (Dodgers Nation)



For all the trade talk surrounding the Dodgers this off-season, little has manifested. In fact, the biggest “splash” has been the re-signing of Rocky Gale to a minor league contract. So far, the big rumors have been the Dodgers targeting a right-handed power bat for third base.  The domino effect would of course shift Justin Turner to first base.  With Turner having hit a slightly regressed but still solid, .290/.372/.509 with 27 home runs in 2019, why are the Dodgers focused on replacing him at third a year before his contract expires?

Defense

It’s no secret that Justin Turner has lost a step defensively at third the last couple seasons, but last year it became more obvious.  As a team, the 2019 Dodgers had the second fewest putouts, second fewest double plays, fourth lowest defensive runs saved, fifth lowest fielding percentage, and fifth most errors at third base in the National League.  Justin Turner himself posted his lowest ever dWAR of -0.6. 

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